This Week In Poker India Circuit: April 27 – May 3

In the PokerGuru feature ‘This Week in Poker,’ we bring you the weekly roundup of the most significant online scores by Indian MTT players and the top stories from both the live and online poker circuit. Here are this week’s top stories!

With the summer heat rising, the action on the virtual felts has also been sizzling! After several weeks of relative quiet, the past week has been quite hectic with Spartan Poker’s (and partner sites BLITZPOKER and PokerHigh) Summer Celebration Series and PokerBaazi’s biggest-ever Indian Micro Poker Series driving up the online MTT action!

This past Sunday was a particularly spectacular one with not one but two ₹1 Crore GTD flagships playing down to a winner! While several players banked massive scores, towering over them all was Saransh Garg. He finished runner-up in PokerBaazi`s #BB6 MoneyMaker for a career-best ₹12.26 Lakhs. The career-defining finish came just a few days after he had won Spartan Poker’s Wednesday Highroller for ₹6.83 Lakhs, followed by a fourth-place finish in the Thursday Highroller the next day for ₹2.17 Lakhs. Garg topped the weekly charts with ₹21.83 Lakhs in total winnings, making him our “PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

This week’s other top scorers were Sumit Sapra, Young Gun Abhinav Iyer, Subhayan Das, and Vinay Rajpal!

If you thought this week’s action was electrifying, then keep an eye out for what’s coming next! PokerBaazi’s brand-new 1100 Texas Hold ’em Championship (THC) will crank up the heat from May 31 to June 19, and dish out ₹10 Crores in guaranteed prizes across 100 tournaments – all of them featuring a fixed buy-in of ₹1,100.

All you cash game lovers, head over to BLITZPOKER to check out the site’s “Marvellous May” promotion has juicy deposit bonus offers running this month.

Asia’s largest online poker room, Natural8, is hosting the first-ever Zodiac Festival from May 1 to 8, with a whopping ¥20 Million in guaranteed prizes up for grabs!

While the online action is picking up pace, live tournament poker is not far behind. Less than two weeks from now, the IPC Megastacks will be making its debut run in Jhapa, Nepal, guaranteeing a whopping ₹3.50 Crores in prize money across four tournaments. If you want to win your seat at the upcoming event, check out the Road to IPC promotion presently running on Spartan Poker (and partner sites BLITZPOKER and PokerHigh) for a chance to win all-expenses-paid packages!

In other news, Delta Corp. announced its plans to bring in a new vessel in August-September to replace the Deltin Caravela ship. The new ship is expected to increase the company’s current gaming capacity by 2.5 times.

Meanwhile, the Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted by the GST Council held a meeting on May 2 and reportedly agreed to recommend GST at a flat 28% slab from the existing 18% on real-money online gaming. The GoM is likely to recommend doing away with a separate categorization of “skill” and “chance” gaming while computing GST.

Moving to the international circuit, the 2022 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) kicked off on April 28 at the Casino Monte-Carlo. Spain’s Adrian Mateos is the biggest winner to emerge in the series (so far), as he won the €100,000 Super High Roller for €1,385,430.

Yuri Dzivielevski (Won €25,000 Single-Day High Roller for €448,515), Jean-Noel Thorel (Won €10,200 Mystery Bounty Event for €184,790), Lucas Scafini (Won €1,100 France Poker Series (FPS) Main Event for €250,000) and Pascal Lefrancois (Won €50,000 NLHE for €505,774) were other standout winners.


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Saransh Garg will remember this past week as one of the most defining moments of his poker career. On Sunday, he came whiskers close to taking down PokerBaazi’s flagship ₹1 Crore GTD #BB6 MoneyMaker, finishing runner-up for a career-best ₹12.26 Lakhs. Four days prior, he had scored a thumping victory in the Wednesday Highroller on Spartan Poker for ₹6.83 Lakhs, followed by a fifth-place finish in the Thursday Highroller the next day. With his scores adding up to a whopping ₹21.83 Lakhs, Garg topped the weekly charts, making him our PokerGuru Star of the Week!”

Saransh Garg


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in PokerBaazi’s #BB6 MoneyMaker for ₹12.26 Lakhs

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Wednesday Highroller for ₹6.83 Lakhs

> 5th in Spartan Poker’s Thursday Highroller for ₹2.17 Lakhs

Long-time circuit reg Sumit Sapra was another player busy boosting his online bankroll. Sapra took down PokerBaazi`s The Weekly HighRoller and made another smashing run on Sunday, finishing runner-up in the SCS #23 – High – Mega Celebration. Sapra added over ₹19.50 Lakhs through the week, taking the #2 spot in the weekly charts.

Sumit Sapra
Sumit Sapra


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in Spartan Poker’s SCS #23 – High – Mega Celebration for ₹10.96 Lakhs

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s The Weekly HighRoller for ₹4.27 Lakhs

> 4th in Adda52 Millions for ₹2.56 Lakhs

The country’s first solo WSOP bracelet winner, Young Gun Abhinav Iyer, was another player who made heads turn on Sunday when he bested the 872-player field in PokerBaazi’s #BB6 MoneyMaker for ₹17.50 Lakhs. Another FT score in Adda52’s Mega Suits boosted Iyer’s weekly tally to ₹19.10 Lakhs.

Abhinav Iyer
Abhinav Iyer


His top finishes include:

> 1st in PokerBaazi’s #BB6 MoneyMaker for ₹17.50 Lakhs

> 5th in Adda52’s Mega Suits for ₹1.35 Lakhs

The doctor-turned poker pro Subhayan Das scored his sixth title victory of the year in Spartan Poker’s SCS #23 – High – Mega Celebration, pocketing a career-best ₹18.61 Lakhs. The former APT India Online Main Event champion`s weekly total stood at ₹18.80 Lakhs, putting him at #4 in the charts.

Subhayan Das
Subhayan Das


The well-known TLB crusher Vinay Rajpal championed two marquee tournaments this week, Spartan Poker`s Destiny and PokerBaazi`s The Big Show. He also made it to the final tables of several Sunday flagships, altogether banking ₹13.85 Lakhs.

Vinay Rajpal
Vinay Rajpal


His top finishes include:

> 2nd in Adda52’s Mega Suits for ₹4.11 Lakhs

> 1st in Spartan Poker’s Destiny for ₹3.47 Lakhs

> 3rd in PokerBaaz’s BSS SuperStack for ₹2.94 Lakhs

> 1st in PokerBaaz’s The Big Show for ₹2 Lakhs

Several other MTT regs added seven figures in earnings this past week. The list includes names like Harsh Dembla (Weekly cashes – ₹11.57 Lakhs), Young Guns Arsh Grover (Weekly cashes – ₹11.49 Lakhs), and Siddhanth Kripalani (Weekly cashes – ₹10.39 Lakhs), and Vinay B (Weekly cashes – ₹10.24 Lakhs).

Notable Winners of the Week

Player Prize Amount Event Poker Site
Subhayan Das ₹18.61 Lakhs SCS#23 – High – Mega Celebration Day 2 – ₹1 Crore GTD Spartan Poker
Abhinav Iyer ₹17.50 Lakhs #BB6 MoneyMaker ₹1 Crore GTD PokerBaazi
Rahul Singhroha ₹7.67 Lakhs Adda52 Millions ₹25 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Arsh Grover ₹7.58 Lakhs SCS#20 – High Sunday Celebration ₹35 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Jasven Saigal ₹7.40 Lakhs SCS#7 – High Friday Celebration ₹35 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Nishaanth Shanmughasundaram ₹6.01 Lakhs The Ballers Adda52
Saransh Garg ₹6.83 Lakhs Wednesday Highroller (6-Max) ₹20 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Ankit Wadhawan ₹6.54 Lakhs Thursday Highroller (6-Max) ₹25 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Mithun Mahesh ₹6.12 Lakhs Godfather ₹25 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Vinay B ₹5.19 Lakhs Mega Suits ₹25 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Anirudh Reddy ₹4.55 Lakhs The Summit ₹15 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Sumit Sapra ₹4.27 Lakhs The Weekly HighRoller ₹12 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Mayank Maruka ₹3.90 Lakhs Maverick ₹15 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Harsh Dembla ₹3.64 Lakhs Trending Thursday ₹18 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Vinay Rajpal ₹3.47 Lakhs Destiny ₹22 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Anurag Srivastava ₹3.30 Lakhs BSS SuperStack ₹20 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Sunil Saraf ₹3.49 Lakhs The Mint ₹15 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Karan Malhotra ₹3.42 Lakhs The Endeavour ₹12 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Siddhanth Kripalani ₹3.30 Lakhs SCS#37 – High – Tuesday Celebration ₹20 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Shriram Varma ₹3.01 Lakhs SCS#29 – High – Monday Celebration ₹13 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Bhavyajeet Singh Rathore ₹2.74 Lakhs SCS#22 – Mid – Main Event ₹15 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Saurabh Rohila ₹2.73 Lakhs Sunday Special (On-time Rake Refund) ₹15 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Faiz Alam ₹2.66 Lakhs The Pride ₹10 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Anurag Srivastava ₹2.60 Lakhs Sunday Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) ₹10 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Vivek Singh ₹2.56 Lakhs SCS#5 – High ₹12 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Deepesh Raka ₹2.47 Lakhs Bounty Builder (On-Time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
Ujjwal Narwal ₹2.18 Lakhs Super Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) – ₹10 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
“joecsaju” ₹2.10 Lakhs Iron Man ₹8 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Vinay Rajpal ₹2 Lakhs The Big Show ₹10 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Ashish Ahuja ₹1.95 Lakhs Highroller (On-time Rake Refund) – 10 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
“Cera99” ₹1.93 Lakhs SCS #31 – High ₹8.50 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Nadeem Basha ₹1.91 Lakhs Sunday Showdown – 10 Lakhs GTD Adda52
“OfcourseOfcourse” ₹1.75 Lakhs SCS #39 – High ₹7.75 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Kunal Yadav ₹1.49 Lakhs Monster Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Abhay Gupta ₹1.42 Lakhs IMPS#16 6-Max ₹6 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Tanmay Benara ₹1.41 Lakhs IMPS#24 (6-Max) ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Neel Haria ₹1.40 Lakhs IMPS#5 ₹6 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Raksha Agarwal ₹1.39 Lakhs SPRINT (7 Max) ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Abhijeet Kumar ₹1.34 Lakhs IMPS#1 Kickoff Turbo ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Devang Yadav ₹1.28 Lakhs Daily SPRINT (7-Max) – ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Abhimanyu Mittal ₹1.26 Lakhs (7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Guruprasad Gupta ₹1.23 Lakhs Daily SPRINT (7-Max) ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
“vikri” ₹1.13 Lakhs Daily SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
“p0kerguru” ₹1.10 Lakhs La Luna ₹4 Lakhs GTD Adda52
Dishani Vijay ₹1.08 Lakhs (7-Max) SPRINT ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Ravindra Arikeri ₹1.06 Lakhs Friday Bounty ₹4 Lakh GTD Adda52
“kick_axxxs” ₹96K SCS#1 – Low ₹5 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Atishay Samuel ₹96K Battle Royale (8-Max) – ₹4 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
“pg83” ₹91K IMPS#13 ₹4 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Archit Khandelwal ₹90K Wednesday Vibes ₹4 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
Ajay Dhayal ₹89K Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTD Adda52
“Niraj2401” ₹87K Night on Stars – ₹5 Lakhs GTD PokerStars India
“ganu12” ₹83K Voyager ₹3 Lakhs GTD Adda52
“Underground” ₹72K SCS#6 – Low – Super Centurion ₹5 Lakhs GTD Spartan Poker
“Chupacabra” ₹65K IMPS#23 Daily ₹3 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi
Sagar Kavre ₹64K IMPS#15 Daily ₹3 Lakhs GTD PokerBaazi


PokerBaazi’s ₹10 Crores GTD 1100 Texas Hold’em Championship Runs From May 31 to June 19

Want to become a Millionaire? Well, mark your poker calendar for PokerBaazi’s 1100 Texas Hold ’em Championship (THC), which boasts a colossal ₹10 Crores in guaranteed prizes spread across 100 tournaments, each event priced at only ₹1,100. The series also features Weekly and Series Leaderboard races, with ₹25 Lakhs in additional prizes.

PokerBaazi's 1100 Texas Hold'em Championship
PokerBaazi’s 1100 Texas Hold’em Championship


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BLITZPOKER “Marvellous May” Promotion Comes Laden With Deposit Bonuses

Cash game players should check out BLITZPOKER’s Marvellous May promotion! There are numerous deposit bonus offers for players to encash through the month, starting on deposits as little as ₹50 going up all the way to ₹1 Lakh.

Marvellous May
Marvellous May


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Natural8’s Week-Long Zodiac Festival Offers ¥20 Million in Guaranteed Prizes

Natural8’s brand-new Zodiac Festival has been up and running since May 1 and continues until May 8. The series features daily Zodiac Main Events with ¥250,000 GTD and the special Sunday-only Zodiac Main Events with ¥500K GTD, offering a combined prize pool guarantee of ¥20 Million. What’s even better, winners can also claim unique animal avatars.

Zodiac Festival
Zodiac Festival


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2022 EPT Monte Carlo Updates

PokerStars’ European Poker Tour is back after a three-year hiatus, and it’s making a comeback with a full-blown schedule of events at the Casino Monte-Carlo from April 28 to May 7.

The first €25,000 Single-Day High Roller of the series saw Brazilian star Yuri Dzivielevski outlasting the 74-entry strong field to clinch the PokerStars Spadie trophy and €448,515 in prize money.

Yuri Dzivielevski
Yuri Dzivielevski


Claiming his third tournament title (his second PokerStars EPT win), French entrepreneur Jean-Noel Thorel ran past an 83-entry strong field in the €10,200 Mystery Bounty Event to collect €184,790.

Jean-Noel Thorel
Jean-Noel Thorel


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Spain’s all-time money leader Adrian Mateos overcame a stacked 42-entry field in the €100,000 Super High Roller to pick up his 20th live tournament title and €1,385,430 in prize money.

Adrian Mateos
Adrian Mateos


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Meanwhile, Day 2 of the €5,300 Main Event is currently underway. The tournament recorded 1,049 entries across two starting flights, and 307 among them booked their berth for Day 2. Late registrations are still open, and the Main Event needs another 50 entries to set a new attendance record.


With this, we conclude this week’s roundup of the latest news updates and developments from poker. We will return next week with our weekly report. Stay tuned.

Author: Bradley Watson